Sunday, June 24, 2012

O Priests, That Despise My Name. . .

I am continuing my study of the ‘fear of the Lord.’. . .

Malachi 1:6-8
A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? (7) Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. (8) And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.



Priests that despise my name. . . We surely today have many supposed priests of God, which despise the Name of God. Priests who teach untruth. Priests embarrassed and ashamed of Yeshua. . . Jehovah Saves. . .

Matthew 1:21
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Priests who deny the power of His name. . .

Acts 4:10-12
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. (11) This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. (12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Priests who deny that in the name of Jesus lies salvation. . . none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Malachi 1:7
Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar. . .

Jesus said:

John 6:35
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Jesus was and is. . .

John 1:14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Those who offer a changed Jesus. . . those who have twisted His doctrine into something which it is not, are offering a polluted and corrupted bread to the people. . .They are feeding their flocks with that which does not nourish. . . it pleases the ears. . . it may well fill the pews, but it is not that which gives spiritual health, and everlasting life. . .

The doctrine of Jesus is not easy. It is not popular. . . it is a doctrine of discipline and discipleship, of self sacrifice, of holiness, of righteousness, of forgiveness, of repentance, of humility and meekness. . .and love and grace and truth. . . It is a doctrine which forces us to make a decision to either love the world or to love Him. It is a doctrine which demands that we depart from our old ways, and be reborn as new creatures in His likeness. . .

Luke 12:51
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

The doctrine of Jesus is not a doctrine of easy believism. . .these priests who despise His name, are offering the blind for sacrifice. . .Upon the backs of people who cannot see, these unholy priests gather the wounded and sick unto themselves and rather than leading their flocks into healing and restoration they take them to the altar maimed and marred.

Such are unacceptable sacrifices on God’s altar. . .

Malachi 1:8
And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil?. . .

Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Present your bodies a living sacrifice. . . HOLY. . . ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD. . . We are not to go presenting ourselves to God with our dirt, and blemishes, and brokenness intact, but we are to be renewed, transformed, reborn. . . not remaining as we were in the miry clay, but washed and cleansed of our sins by the blood of Jesus.

How abhorrent this doctrine is to our unholy modern priests, who despise His name. . .

Leviticus 21:16-23
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (17) Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. (18) For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous, (19) Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded, (20) Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken; (21) No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God. (22) He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy. (23) Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

Does God despise the blemished? Does God hate the disabled?  Is God prejudiced against the physically maimed and deformed. . . the handicapped? The modern priests of unholiness, use this passage as evidence of the supposed unrighteousness of God. . ., but God says clearly here that the broken and the maimed may eat the bread of God. . ., He does not deny them the nourishment which their broken bodies require. . . but they may not come behind the vail or unto the altar in a broken and maimed state. The Old Testament uses the physical to point to the spiritual. . .In the Old Testament there was not yet a breach in the vail. . . the vail was yet intact. . . there was no rebirth available to man.

The physically marred and broken of the Old Testament, are those broken by and in the bondage of sin of the New Testament. You may not approach the altar, or go behind the vail with filth and blemishes upon you. . .

This is the consistent doctrine of God. . .

Jeremiah 29:13
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Seek God. . .
Seek His holiness
Seek His righteousness. . .

Do not allow yourself to be led astray by priests who despise His name. . .

I love you my God. . .
I love you my Lord. . .













Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Repulsing and Attracting Forces. . .

It came to me in a flash of illumination that hatred is a repulsive force, similar to when you orient a pair of magnets such that the poles are aligned north-north and south-south. Depending upon the strength of the magnets they will very strongly resist being forced together. The closer they become, the stronger the repulsion. They are driven apart, but that is all you can say. There is no specified direction as to where they will end up. The magnetic force wants them to be anywhere, but where they are, and that force has no preference as to where in the universe that it resides, as long as it isn’t next to one another (or any other) like magnetic pole.

Such is hatred. Hate is solely a repulsive force, driving the individual away from the focus of their hatred, but that force is blind, and as such possesses no focus or positive object. Everything about hatred is negative, and the place of rest of the person who hates, may well be in a far worse location than they have ever experienced previously. Hate has no concern of that. Hatred is blind to direction and consequences.

Love on the other pole, is a purely positive force. Love is the great attractor, as the opposite poles of magnets, drawing together until joined, and then making the pair of magnets very difficult or even impossible to separate. . . Magnets once joined are in a state of unity. The magnetic field combines, and becomes as one. . . not quite doubled in strength for as strong as their attraction may be, the two cannot completely unite in one space, thereby their strength is diluted only by their moment of separation. In any respect the combined field is much greater than the single field of the individual magnets. When magnets are attracted to one another, there is only 1 location which will truly satisfy their attraction, and that is the position where their center to center distance as close as possible within the limits of their physical boundaries. . . .

Such is the action of love and hate upon your life. If hatred is your driving force, then you have no positive direction of your own. You are driven by a force of repulsion, to an unknown destination, but love on the other hand acts as the great attractor. Operating in some ways more similarly to gravity. . . unimpeded across vast distances, uninterrupted by obstacles. . . undiminished in time. . .

I once was driven by hate. . .
but now I am consumed by love. . .

I love you my Lord. . .
I love you my God. . .

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Former and the Latter Rain. . .

Deuteronomy 11:14
That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.

Jeremiah 5:24
Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.

Hosea 6:3
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

Zechariah 10:1
Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.

James 5:7
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

The Bible speaks in a number of verses of two rains, the former rain and the latter rain. In my mind as I read of the former and latter rain, I think of our present day calendar, centered around the change of the year January 1st, with the former rain coming early in the year, and the latter rain coming later, but in the Bible lands there is a different perspective. Rain in these dry lands, is of far more significance than in middle America where I live. To me rain is a nuisance, an interruption of a picnic day. . .In our land rain, while recognized as necessary, is quite dependable, and therefore we take it for granted.

The Bible lands are otherwise. The Bible divides the year into two primary seasons. . . wet/dry. . .cold/hot. . . winter/summer. In my search of the Bible, I cannot find any mention of the seasons spring or fall. They divide the year, by where it is in relationship to the rains.

Long periods of famine are recorded, when the rains did not come for years upon end. You might think of the Hebrew nation as being herded and brought together. . . forged if you will by dry clouds and clear skies. Joseph’s family went to Egypt to escape the lethal lack of rain. People died. Herds of animals had to be killed. Crops failed. The rains, and the season of rains are watched with huge significance. Rain is not an inconvenience. . . rain is the very foundation of life itself.

In the Bible, the former rain (Hebrew word: יורה yôreh sprinkling; hence a sprinkling [or autumnal showers]: - first rain, former [rain]), is an autumnal rain. . . a rain of the fall. . .The former rain is the first rain of the rainy season. It is a rain which comes in the fall, while the seeds are being sown, for their grain crops. These light initial rains of the season, serve to give moisture to the soil and soften the ground after the heat of the summer, but the benefit of the early rains is not directly tied to the harvest. These fall planted crops grow slowly over the winter, and the harvest is many months away. This is a rain while essential, it is of deferred benefit to the farmer. There is a long interval between this rain and the harvest in the spring.

The latter rain (Hebrew word: מלקושׁ malqôsh the spring rain; figuratively eloquence: - latter rain) is the crucial rain of the spring time. This latter rain comes during the period of fastest plant growth. Without the moisture of this rain, the crops will not fully develop. They will wither and die in the increasing heat of the season. They will not set good heads of seed. The life and strength of the crops, and indeed the bounty of the harvest directly depends upon the spring rain. . .

The Bible often uses physical examples for spiritual lessons. What is the spiritual symbolism of this former and latter rain?

Deuteronomy 32:1-4
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. (2) My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: (3) Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. (4) He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Moses said that his doctrine (Hebrew word: לקח leqach properly something received, that is, [mentally] instruction [whether on the part of the teacher or hearer]; also [in an active and sinister sense] inveiglement: - doctrine, learning, fair speech.) shall drop as the rain. . .

Again. . . God speaks to us of rain coming down:

Isaiah 55:10-11
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: (11) So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

In this passage, God tells us that His Word comes down to us as rain. In the preceding section of verses, Moses said that his teaching. . . his words . . . his doctrine came to us as rain.

The doctrine of God was given to us first written on tablets of stone, and told to Moses and to the Hebrew people on the very first Pentecost. . . 50 days from the night of Passover, in the Hebrew people’s Exodus from Egypt. The former rain, the first rain of the spiritual rainy season, the first giving of God’s Doctrine occurred upon that first Pentecost, and likewise similar to the first rains of the wet season, this first spiritual rain was an autumnal rain. . .

God desired a close and special relationship with the Hebrew people:

Exodus 19:5-6
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: (6) And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

God wanted each man and woman of the newly freed Hebrew people to be a priest. . . for each of them to directly minister to Him, and for all of the Hebrew people, to have a close, and intimate relationship with Him. . . but alas. . . immediately in the next verse after the giving of the Ten Commandments concluded in verse 17, the people spoke to Moses:

Exodus 20:18-19
And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. (19) And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

You cannot be a priest, if you refuse to allow God to speak directly to you. The Hebrew people rejected God’s direct presence. They rejected intimacy with Him. . . God’s pouring out of his doctrine in person, was rejected by the people. They asked that God not speak directly to them. The wanted no intimate and personal relationship with God.

Moses could only transmit God’s rules and commands to the people. A relationship cannot be transferred from one to another, but must be found and developed and deepened individually by each man and woman.

This first rain of doctrine was autumnal. It fell upon lifeless and barren soil. The seeds were planted, but had not yet germinated. This rain did not produce a great harvest. The rains of the autumn soften the ground, and provide deep resources, which are the foundational basis of the water table, and so is this first teaching. . .this first lesson by God given to mankind.

This first giving, without the intimacy of a direct relationship with God, turned into: Spiritual cleansing and atonement for sin by systematic sacrificing of animals. . . Righteousness not based upon a deeply loving relationship with God, but by rule and regulation. It was not the Law’s shortcoming, for if the Hebrew people had accepted God’s direct communication with them, this Law would have served as the framework for God’s relationship with them, and they would have gained the power of that relationship to defeat sin, but He was rejected. The people rejected the relationship, and were left without God's presence. . . they were helpless to overcome sin without the power of God accessible to them, and transforming them, by the renewing of their minds. . . All they had were the rules and commandments of God’s doctrine.

What a contrast between the first and second Covenants. Rather than as a voice coming from the clouds, and writing the Word with His finger on tablets of stone, as in the first giving of the Law of God. For the second giving of the Word, God robed Himself in flesh and personally became the Word in order to deliver it to us in His own person:

John 1:14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Revelation 19:12-13
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. (13) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

The Word made flesh. . .The people had been terrified and had long ago rejected a thundering voice in the clouds, but as a baby crying in a manger, in this humble, and helpless beginning God would not so easily be rejected. . . a God whose beginnings were seen, born of Mary. . . who walked, and talked, and faced every temptation faced by every man and woman, who was able to heal and forgive sin . . . who came with all the power of the Old Covenant Jehovah, but now robed in the flesh of humanity.

Rather than 40 days on a mountaintop, this second giving took 3 1/2 years. Indeed a short time, but by comparison to the first giving of doctrine, It was a long gently soaking rain. This time rather than spiritually barren autumnal fields, the giving of God’s doctrine came in the spring of the year, with the seed planted and germinated, and fields, deep water given by the long ago foundational autumnal giving of God’s Word on Mt. Sinai, prepared by John the Baptist and readied, and waiting for the life giving moisture of God’s doctrine given again. . . this latter rain of God’s word made flesh.

Rather than being gathered at the base of a mountain, terrified by the power of God as with the first giving, on that first Pentecost, now God Himself having taught the people, and having developed a physical relationship with them. . . having walked, talked, slept, and eaten with them for 3 1/2 years. . . He tells them of the coming display of power, so that this time they will not be terrified:

Acts 1:4-9
And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. (5) For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (6) When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? (7) And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. (8) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (9) And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

His Word. . . the second Covenant was now complete. The Word made flesh had accomplished His mission, and now returned to Heaven. The latter rain of God’s Word had fallen upon the people, they were prepared now to receive the relationship. God’s desire for a nation of priests, each one with a power filled intimate, and deeply resonating relationship with God was now possible:

Acts 2:1-4
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. (3) And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. (4) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Read again now the verses on the first rain and the latter rain. . .

Deuteronomy 11:14
That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.

Jeremiah 5:24
Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.

Hosea 6:3
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

Zechariah 10:1
Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.

James 5:7
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

The Husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth. . . He awaits His harvest for which, He has labored. He waits without growing weary. It is all within His plan. . .there will be a harvest, from both rains. . . a harvest of both the Hebrew people of the first Covenant. . . the former rain on the first Pentecost, and a harvest of the people of the latter rain, the people of the New Covenant upon whom the Holy Spirit of God fell on the Book of Acts Day of Pentecost will stand before Him without blemish. . .

I love you my God. . .
Thank you my Lord. . .

Thank you for enduring and becoming the Word for us. . .
. . . that we might receive You without fear,
. . . and find salvation in your doctrine,
. . . and in our relationship with You. . .

Thank you my Lord for everything. . .

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Treasures of God's Word. . .The Heart of a Child

I so love uncovering treasures in the Word of God.  Sometimes I pause, and wonder when I find something particularly beautiful to my soul, will I ever find another treasure to compare to this?  Will I ever again feel the sharp joy of uncovering a previously unseen (to me) jewel?. . . and a new day breaks, and another wonder from the Word of God is revealed.  

With a child’s love of surprises, I hope and pray the wonders never end. . .

At the bright seashore, exploring new worlds, gulls dance and lift on waves of wind, screaming shrill warning of the invasion of their kingdom. Now racing to turn over each clump of seaweed. . . blind to time and troubles, captivated by the call of discovery. . . small feet in golden delight, dancing a sine dance, alone on the wave line, tracing new paths. . . leaving first prints in the virgin sand, slowly advancing as the tide recedes, pockets bulge filled with precious beauties of the deep.

Truth be known. . .the treasure never expires, each cresting wave the beach renews.  Childhood eventide is the dusk of wonder. Sand dollars and hermit crabs yet ever reside each morning's tide. . .awaiting bright eyes of seekers with the heart of a child. . .

Luke 18:17
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Abusing God. . .

Isaiah 59:1-3
Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: (2) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. (3) For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

You have a choice, whether to believe in God or not. Every man and woman has that freedom. If your choice is to believe in a god, then you must further decide upon which god to believe in. There are uncountable gods and you must decide which of the multitude of gods will be your god or gods.

People worship animals, or the natural world. . . they worship knowledge, scientific theory, themselves, money, power or other people. . . but if your choice is to believe in the God of the Bible. . . the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the very same God who robed Himself in flesh, came to us as a baby born in a manger, walked with us and talked with us for more than 30 years and then allowed Himself to be sacrificed upon a cross in order to defeat sin and death so that you might have everlasting life. . .If you believe in this God. . . If you believe in Jesus, then you really must follow the Bible’s instruction on Him.

The Bible is greatly concerned about consequences. In the Word of God, as like in the universe which God created, every action has consequences. From beginning to end, the Bible details consequences of actions.

It is an anathema to every principle outlined in God’s Word, to think that we can pick and choose from a cafeteria of spiritual choices. Deciding for ourselves our doctrine, to suit our desires and at the same time be pleasing to God. Numerous examples are found, of God being very particular and specific in His requirements about how things are to be done. We are very much fooling ourselves, if we think that we can have the benefit of His numerous blessings. . . His grace and mercy and forgiveness, without our having to adhere to His expectations of sacrificially loving your fellow man, living in holiness and righteousness, keeping an attitude of humility, and living our lives in submission to Him.

I implore you. . . read these words of Jesus, and heed them:

Matthew 7:21-23
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Jesus is all about love, and forgiveness. . . BUT these words clearly say that He will deny knowing those who continue to do bad things. . . If He denies them, then He is denying that they are any of His. . . His sacrifice is not for them. . . These are people, who thought they knew Him. . . They thought they had a relationship with Him. With their lips they called Him Lord, but by the actions of their hands they showed that He was not their Lord. They continued to work iniquity. . . they continued to do evil things.

It is true, God is love. He loves everyone, it is not His will that any should perish, but one of His roles is as a judge, and as a judge He will one day administer justice. . . and there will be an accounting. . . The reality of that day will be many very shocked, and surprised people.

Isaiah 59:1 is a popularly quoted verse. . . .the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. . . The Lord is powerful. He can do anything. Many call out to Him in their time of need, and God answers prayers as He deems. . . but recognize that verse 1, does not stand alone. It is followed by verse 2: But your iniquities have separated you and your God. . .

Sin is a wall between man and God. It opens a breach between us. The sweet intimacy of His closeness is made inaccessible by unrepented sin in our lives. It is not merely to have Him hear, and answer my prayer, that I seek a close relationship with Him. I cannot be in the position of a hypocrite, only seeking Him when I desire something from Him. I attempt to use God, I abuse Him if that is my motivation for our relationship.

I recognize people in my life, who only call me when they want something from me. The phone will ring. We chat for a few minutes. They will inquire about my health and family, but soon I know that the point of the conversation will turn to what can I do for them. The longer it takes to get to their point, the more significant the request. If they need $5, the request may come in the first 5 minutes, but if I don’t hear what they need for 30 minutes, I know they will need $100 or transportation of more than 100 miles. The think me blind to their machinations. . .They strategize and plan on how to manipulate me to their ends. They require money, or transportation, or something new. . . and I come to resent them for their using of me, and after a time I begin to avoid them. I desire no close relationship with them. I tire of being merely an object to be used. . .

Many people look upon God in this manner also. When someone in their family is sick they turn to God. . . in the night of their despair. . . they turn to God, but when the good times come, God is far from their thoughts. I want to share all of my life with God. I want Him to share my times of joy, my hard fought victories, and. . . I depend upon Him to accompany me. . . to comfort me in my days of sorrow. I want to be able to be childlike and without guile. . . I want to be able to go immediately to Him with a request, in my time of need, without having to first put forth the pretense of desiring a relationship with Him for its own sake, but I can only do that if I spend time with Him equally in the good times and in the sorrowful, needful times. . . I can only do that if I submit to His will and obey His commandments, before making requests of Him.

Isaiah 59:1-3
Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: (2) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. (3) For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

Before blaming God for not answering your prayers. . . before losing faith in the power of God to act, look to your life, understand that God is not a fool. Pray a prayer of revelation. Ask God to show you the ways in which you fall short of His expectations. Ask Him to speak to you. . . to reveal Himself to you. . . to open your eyes to Him.

Open your heart to God. . .
Open your life to God. . .
Welcome Him to your home. . .
Submit to His will. . . submit to His desires for your life
and then as a consequence of right actions. . .
Find the peace, and joy that is only to be found in His presence. . .

I beg this of you.
I implore you. . .

I love you my God. . .
I love you my Lord. . .